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Kim Forrest

Kim Forrest

Senior Editor

Kim Forrest has been writing about weddings for over a decade, specializing in etiquette and planning advice. Kim writes and edits much of the content you’ll read on WeddingWire, and also manages our team of freelance writers. Kim’s love of the wedding space first blossomed when she was an assistant editor at Washingtonian magazine in the mid-2000s (her first wedding-related article was about a hot new trend—destination weddings!). She became WeddingWire’s first full-time editor in 2012. Kim is originally from Long Island, New York and currently lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband and two children. She loves baking, yoga, ballet, theater, trying out the latest skincare fads, and listening to podcasts on a variety of random topics.

Experience

Kim spent over five years at Conde Nast’s Brides Local magazines and Brides.com in New York, starting as an assistant editor and then associate fashion editor. She managed the magazine’s fashion department, served as lead local editor for five local publications in Boston, Houston, Washington, DC, Atlanta, and Northern New Jersey, and wrote and coordinated fashion coverage on Brides.com. She also coordinated fashion photo shoots and became a pro at carrying multiple wedding dresses at one time. After her time at Conde Nast, Kim moved to the Washington, DC area and rejoined Washingtonian magazine as their associate bridal editor, writing and editing for both their wedding blog and print publication, Washingtonian Weddings

Kim began her career as a fact-checker at several publications, including Washingtonian magazine and Martha Stewart’s late, great magazine, Blueprint. She also worked as a production assistant at MSNBC. 

Education

Kim attended Williams College in the bucolic purple mountains of the Berkshires, Massachusetts. At Williams, Kim majored in English, performed improv comedy, gave tours to prospective students, and wrote for the college’s weekly newspaper, the Williams Record. During college, Kim interned at News 12 Long Island and Good Morning America, where she produced national television segments and woke up very, very early in the morning. She also spent a semester studying at Boston University’s Washington Journalism Center in Washington, DC, where she covered Capitol Hill for The Keene Sentinel and interned at Hearst-Argyle Television. 

Kim later attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, receiving a Masters of Science with a concentration in magazine journalism. She was a section chief for the New York Review of Magazines

Accolades

WeddingWire Q&A with Kim

What is your ideal wedding style?

I got married in 2010 in my parents’ backyard in New York, and the theme was “modern garden party.” Bird motifs were all the rage at the time, and we had birds on everything, from the invitations to the coasters. Even our escort cards were tiny quail eggs in mini birds’ nests. And you know what? I would totally do it again! Fun fact: My daughter is terrified of birds. 

Dream honeymoon location?

My husband and I went to Anguilla for our honeymoon, and it was pretty darn dreamy. Right now, I’d love to spend a week on a ranch in Montana or on a Hawaiian beach. 

What was (or would be) your first dance song?

At my wedding, our first dance song was “Happy Together” by The Turtles—and yes, we totally broke out some choreographed dance moves. We didn’t want a song that was too slow or sappy, and this felt sweet, upbeat, and still romantic. 

Favorite celebrity wedding look?

This is a hard one! At the moment, I’m obsessed with Zoë Kravitz’s tea-length Alexander Wang dress. It was so unexpected and charming, and she looked absolutely radiant.

Articles published by Kim Forrest

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If you're looking for stunning scenery to serve as your big day's backdrop, check out these truly spectacular nature and forest wedding venues from around the country.

Budget How to Plan a Wedding on a Budget

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Wedding Songs & Music The 2021 Wedding Songs to Put Your Guests in a Partying Mood

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Planning Basics The 6 Phases of Wedding Planning & What to Do When

For those couples who prefer a quick, easy, no-frills wedding planning timeline, this one's for you.

Wedding Songs & Music The Best 2021 First Dance Songs to Kick Off Your Reception Right

The 2021 first dance songs come from a variety of genres—you're sure to find one to suit your style and personality.

Planning Basics 6 Ways COVID Changed Weddings Forever

According to a brand-new WeddingWire study, 2020 represented a shift in the wedding industry—and some of the changes are here to stay.

Planning Basics 9 Wedding Day Timeline Rules Every Couple Should Follow

Make sure your wedding runs as smoothly as possible with this wedding day timeline, expert advice, and a template you can use to create your own schedule.

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Industrial wedding venues are ideal, as their “blank slate” interiors can be transformed into a space that completely reflects your personality.

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Planning a wedding with a shorter engagement? Check out our 6-month timeline to help you plan a wedding in just 6 months.

Places to Celebrate 20 Camping Wedding Venues You’ll Want to Write Home About

If you're looking for a wedding venue that combines nature with nostalgia, these camping wedding venues are definitely worth checking out.

Places to Celebrate 28 Castle Wedding Venues for the Ultimate Fairytale Wedding

For your own version of a royal (or Game of Thrones-inspired) wedding, check out these amazing castle wedding venues.

Bride & Bridesmaids The Wedding Veil, Unveiled: Everything You Need to Know About This Bridal Accessory

It has something to do with virginity—or is it evil spirits? Here's a rundown of what wedding veils symbolize, their history, and much more.

Planning Basics How to Reserve Hotel Room Blocks for Your Wedding

We answer all of your burning questions about blocking hotel rooms for your wedding, from finding the right hotels to deciphering those contracts.

Wedding Reception 12 Wedding Reception Traditions You Need to Know

A wedding reception is all about celebrating this special occasion with loved ones—but there are also certain traditions to include! Here's a list of the wedding reception traditions to consider including in the festivities.

Wedding Reception Here's the Exact Order of Dances at a Wedding Reception

Let's get the party started! From the first dance to the last, here's how your wedding reception dance timeline should go down.